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| Week 1
|| Introduction and Pre-Assessment
|| Introductions are made along with innovative "ice-breaking activities", then students and officers are independently pre-tested by the evaluator about their social distance feelings towards each other. Officer mentors and students meet for the first time.
| Week 2
|| 20 Year Plan & Conflict Resolution
|| Conflict is at the root of most crimes. Whether it is someone "stepping to you", looking at you in a wrong manner or wanting to fight, youth must be armed with an understanding as to why conflict occurs and how to respond. Students discuss their neighborhoods, conflict situations and their reputations. Students think about the future and where they want to be in 5, 10, 15 and 20 years. (Confirm sizes needed for T-shirts).
| Week 3
Going to school is the job of our students. They need school in order to reach their goals for the future. Our students learn truancy is an offense that has consequences.
| Week 4
|| Team Building
|| Students and Officer mentors focus on team building and the understanding that working together is a way to reduce conflict and avoid violence. The students work together to accomplish hands-on challenges to actively learn the importance of team building. (Discuss Graduation speaker(s), and try to find a sponsor for graduation this week).
| Week 5
|| Drugs and Alcohol
|| Students and their Officer mentors discuss laws related to use and possession of drugs, the severe penalties associated with use and possession and the effective strategies to avoid involvement in this criminal behavior.
| Week 6
|| Safe Driving & Being stopped by Police
|| Through film and discussion students are exposed to the dangers of driving and texting. Students learn that these mistakes can kill themselves and innocent by-standers. The buckle up and adult supervision laws are discussed, as well as proper procedures to follow when being stopped by the police in a vehicle. Students leave this week with a commitment to driving safely and following the law, and increased confidence of what to do during a traffic stop. (Order T-Shirts to ensure delivery for graduation day).
| Week 7
|| Health, Fitness & Nutrition
|| Healthy eating combined with exercise can improve mood, increase energy and self-esteem. Food deserts are areas that have small mini-marts that sell lots of packaged food that is high in sugar, salts and artificial ingredients. Gardening is a great career in which you can learn about healthy food. It can also teach patience and perseverance. (Confirm Graduation Speaker(s) this week).
| Week 8
|| Service Learning
|| Service learning goes beyond volunteering, during this week Officer mentors discuss the benefits of service learning with students and culminate the week by developing a service learning project to participate in. This module utilizes the EAR system: Education, Action, and Reflection.
| Week 9
|| Active shooter
|| Although many of these students were very young when 9/11 occurred, they are familiar with the threat of terrorism, and school shootings. Our students become aware of why these horrific events occur and what to do if they find themselves in this situation. Students learn it is about being quiet and using cover and concealment to increase their chances of a positive outcome.
|Week 9*||Human Trafficking||This model should be taught during week nine in addition to the Active Shooter Module, but in instances where school officials are not comfortable teaching that material, Officer mentors can teach just this module during week 9. Officer mentors define human trafficking, discuss how it is done, the types of human trafficking and identify who is at risk. Ultimately the students are taught how to prevent becoming a victim of human trafficking and how to recognize when others may being preyed upon.|
| Week 10
|| Why does bullying occur? Why are some students victims and others offenders? Students learn that bullying hurts and how it can lead to serious violence on the part of the victim and the offender. Students learn outlets beyond their peers and discuss how bullies are made and how it feels to be a victim. Most importantly they learn not to respond to the threat of violence with violence. As we conclude the class the students interact with their mentors to think about the future and learn about the support systems that are available for them when they need someone to talk to or feel conflict, violence or other threats becoming overwhelming. (Place order for graduation food/decorations).
| Week 11
|| Post Assessment/Prepare for Graduation
|| Final assessment and reflection on lessons learned as well as preparation for graduation.
|| Graduation with family, teachers, mentors.